Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Deemed universities cannot expand, pleads MHRD

Forty-four deemed universities blacklisted by a central review panel cannot be allowed to expand, the Minitsry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has told Madras High Court in the latest round of legal battles between institutions and the government. The MHRD is already stinging from a Supreme Court verdict that allowed these deemed universities to admit students during the trial of a case to determine whether these institutions can continue to offer degrees. Allowing these 44 deemed universities to expand --- by incorporating fresh institutions under their ambit --- will hurt the interests of students, the ministry argued at the HC on Friday. The court is expected to deliver its order on the case on Tuesday, July 13. "If the blacklisted deemed varsities are allowed to expand, it could amplify the number of students who would face problems if and when the institutions are derecognised", a source said, adding this was ministry's argument before the HC.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had ordered a probe into the functioning of deemed universities last year. The probe panel found 44 of 130 deemed universities unfit for the tag and recommended these institutions be stripped of their deemed status immediately. The panel also found another 44 unfit for the tag but had potential to improve, and suggested that this lot be given three years to reach required standards. The remaining varsities were found fit for the tag.

But these universities that the HRD ministry wants to derecognise immediately are admitting students this year because of the SC decision. The Madras HC case involves a Tamil Nadu-based deemed university that wants to incorporate a new medical college. If this is allowed, students will receive degrees from this blacklisted university.

Source: Hindustan Times, July 13, 2010

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:11 AM

    MHRD's Tandon Committee Report is an eyeopener. Websites updation, NORMS and standards in higher education awareness among the public and the financial statements of deemed university are few important issues to be seriuosly looked into


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